The 62nd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Arts and Entertainment

July 5, 2017

From: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

They are the premier Scottish Highland games and gathering of Clans. Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletic achievement, music and Gaelic culture. All proceeds go to establish scholarship funds to assist students from Avery County High School to study at American colleges and universities. The Games consist of competition of dancing, field games, music and much more.

Schedule of Events

July 6, 2017

Whisky Tasting at Best Western Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk NC 1:30 - 3:00 

Picnic, Torchlight Ceremony & Sheep Herding

4:30 PM Picnic

Food concessions are available at MacRae Meadows or you can bring your own.

Scottish Entertainment

Traditional Celtic Music. Performers to be announced

Sheep Herding: Sheep Herding with Border Collies on the field.

7 PM The Bear: Assault on Grandfather

This five-mile footrace climbs 1,568 feet in elevation from the town of Linville to the summit of Grandfather mountain. Over 800 runners will start up the Old Yonahlossee Road from Linville at 7 PM, circle the Highland Games track around 7:15, and head up the Grandfather Mountain summit road.

More Sheep Herding

Torchlight Cermony:

Opening ceremony announcing each participating Clan's arrival to the Games

July 7, 2017

9 AM MacRae Meadows Opens: Preliminary athletic competition, sheep herding, music/dancing exhibitions. Celtic Groves will be open and other activities will highlight the day.

Scottish Cultural Village

Opening Ceremonies

Highland Wrestling Clinic for children

Children's Tent and Field Activities

Harp Workshop

Sheep Herding

History & Genealogy Studies at Clan Tents

Highland Dancing Pre-Championship

Lochaber Trump Competition in the Harp and Fiddling Tent

4:00 PM Day events completed, preparation begins for Celtic Rock Concert.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Presents:

6:30 - 11 PM Celtic Rock Concert at MacRae Meadows.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games presents

8:00 PM - 12 AM Scottish Country Dance Gala

Williams Gymnasium at Lees-McRae College. $25 dancers / $10 spectators. (Tickets sold only at the door). 

July 8, 2017

6:30 AM Mountain Marathon begins in Boone, NC. Runners will arrive at Games track around 9:30 AM. Among the most strenuous marathons in the nation.

7:30 AM MacRae Meadows Opens

Amateur Heavy Athletic Qualifying Begins

Competition begins for Highland Dancing Atlantic International Championship, piping, drumming, Scottish athletic events, track & field events, Scottish country dancing, Scottish fiddling, and Scottish harp.

Scottish Cultural Village

Children's Highland Wrestling Competition

Sheep Herding

Massed Bands on track

Opening Ceremonies

History & Genealogy Studies at Clan Tents

Children's Tent Activities

Celtic Grove Music

Highland Wrestling

Harp Competitions

Pre-Premier Highland Dance Competition

NC Provincial Gaelic Mod

Scottish Fiddling Workshop & Jam Session

4:00 Days events end. Preparation for Celtic Jam

6:30 - 10:30 PM Celtic Jam at MacRae Meadows.

$15 Adults / $5 Children age 5-12

July 9, 2017

8:00 AM MacRae Meadows Opens

Scottish Heavy Athletic Demonstration and Clinic

Prelude Music for Worship Service Begins

Scottish Worship Service Outside main gate, bring a folding chair. Includes Kirkin 'O' the Tartans.

Scottish Cultural Village

Children's Border Collie Demonstration on the main field.

Celtic Grove 

Entertainment Begins

Parade of Tartans Guests of Honor & Distinguished Guests are introduced as all members of the sponsoring clans are invited to march in the parade behind the massed pipe bands.

Scottish Fiddling Competition

Atlantic International Highland Dance Championship Competition

Competition takes place throughout the day for Scottish athletic events, sheep herding, kilted miles, children's events, Scottish country dancing, Scottish harps, Clan Tugs-of-War. Celtic Grove entertainment continues.

History & Genealogy Studies at Clan Tents

Sheep Herding Demonstration

4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

Date: July 6-9, 2017


Grandfather Mountain,

2050 Blowing Rock Highway,

Linville, NC 28646.

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